Bank Holiday Weekend? Get Ready To DIY..
While for professionals having a range of quality equipment is a must, for the enthusiastic DIYer it doesn’t always make sense to invest in large pieces of site equipment. Therefore, for those with a passion for DIY, opting to hire tools and equipment from a hire specialist is the perfect solution.
With August offering us the final bank holiday of the year, we have come up with a few DIY projects that a competent DIYer could tackle over the long weekend…
Update the bathroom
While plumbing is best left to the professionals, those with reasonable DIY skills may be able to tackle a simple re-tile of their bathroom. For a professional quality finish, consider hiring a tile saw, this will save time and possibly money in wasted tiles when compared to trying to cut tiles manually. The Husqvarna TS230F is ideal for cutting domestic tiles; its 110v electric motor helps it to power through tiles in a range of sizes. The non-slip top ensure tiles are held securely making cutting easier.
Install a shed/ summerhouse
Whether your property needs extra storage or a playhouse for the kids, installing a shed or summerhouse is easy, with kits available in a range of sizes and shapes. Be sure to get a solid base by preparing the ground properly and installing a concrete platform for your structure to sit. Hiring a concrete mixer such as the iconic Belle Minimix 150 is a good idea; your concrete will be thoroughly mixed in batches you can work with. You may also want to consider hiring or buying a concrete finishing tool such as a magnesium bullfloat, which works to give a smooth surface appearance.
Lay a patio
Make the most of whatever is left of the summer by installing a patio. Design the patio to suit your needs, whether that is a small area to house a couple of chairs or a large, shaped area for barbequing and family gatherings. While the process for laying a patio is relatively straightforward for keen DIYers, it may be advantageous to hire a block saw suitable for cutting natural stone and concrete products. This will ensure you can easily size and shape your patio stones or flags to meet your requirements. We’d recommend hiring the Clipper Jumbo 651 26” block saw, electric powered, it is durable and powerful and is mounted on wheels, of which two are lockable, making it easy to manoeuvre to where it is needed.
Tackle the garden
If your garden is an overgrown tangle of weeds, shrubbery and bushes then consider hiring a range of professional quality saws, trimmers, brushcutters and pruners. For example, the Husqvarna 135 chainsaw is perfect for felling small trees and pruning back overgrowth. For hedge trimming the Husqvarna 226HD, which is easy to use and has the option of a 60cm or a 75cm blade, is a great choice. Efficient and powerful, it makes light work of even the toughest tasks.
Take care of garden waste by hiring a garden shredder, the Atika GHB 760 garden shredder is petrol powered so great for use in gardens where access to the mains is problematic. Capable of chopping and shredding a wide range of garden material including branches and bushes, it is a quick and efficient way to deal with garden waste.
Whatever DIY project you decide to tackle this bank holiday, be sure to stay safe by protecting your hands and eyes with suitable safety wear. Also, be sure to familiarise yourself with the equipment before you begin, making sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions. Ask for help from your hire outlet if you are at all unsure.